Stunt coordinator Mike Smith recently sat down with Sci Fi Wire to discuss the methodology he used in creating the fight choreography for upcoming Sci Fi/Comic Bookish movie Ultraviolet. The Kurt Wimmer helmed film is regularly referred to as "high action," and Smith put in a solid two months on set in China working on his personal challenge to keep the fights unique. Smith, claiming that "fights in movies are either real or they're cool," used a mixture of exaggerated/poetic action and wire-fu to craft the action within the film - although Smith indicated that he tried to keep the wire-based action under 10% of the overall action.

Smith also implemented dance choreography into his fight scenes, on the urging of Kurt Wimmer. To aid this, Wimmer brought on Russian-born gymnast and dancer Youlia Galenko from Las Vegas, who exhibited/interpreted what dance moves might look like if done while holding a knife or a gun. Said Galenko, "As it turns out, it could be very beneficial to use some of these dance moves when you're ever in a gun fight."

While I suppose the dance/wire/etc information is interesting in its own right, I think that information was overshadowed by Smith's forthright claim that "fights in movies are either real or they're cool." In my mind, I start to protest at that statement as absurd...but as I begin to think, I realize that even much of what I consider "real" action in movies is highly stylized, at the very least. Nonetheless, I've still got to believe that real action can, in fact, be "cool" in the right films. Thoughts?
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